[dropcap size=small]I[/dropcap]n mid-July, I felt an itch to head north and do something…creative. My vision was simple: a long weekend, the picturesque Oregon coast (so unlike the California coast where I’ve been living), and a few friends gathering to make art, write, and cook huge meals. It took a little planning (read, a LOT of …

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A fortnight of consecutive half marathons was only half the “madness” Deborah Beaton cooked up. The 32-year-old Kenyan with startling blue eyes and a Zen demeanor ran the 250 miles through East Africa’s wild, home to rhinos, elephants, zebras, wildebeest, lions, leopards, and cheetahs, to name a few. [divider]The Interview[/divider] Natasha Awasthi: How did this …

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The city hires several trumpeters, and they take 24-hour shifts, he says. They stay up here by themselves with the radio for company, tolling the bell every hour and playing the hejnal once in each direction, stopping in the middle of that fateful note. I ask if he gets lonely. He says yes, occasionally, but that being the trumpeter of Krakow is a great honor.

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The enraged water buffalo charged down the narrow dirt path toward us. I ran as fast as my weary legs would carry me – so fast my feet almost slid out from underneath me – my mammoth backpack slapping me in the back of the head with each step. Was this seriously happening? I came …

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The email screamed: “It’s not too late to join our global meditation community. Register for Oprah & Deepak’s 21-Day Free Online Experience Today.” A 33-year-old, Indian-born, overworked business consultant living in Tribeca couldn’t refuse an invite from Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey. The power couple extended this offer at the beginning of the year, and …

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[divider]Guest Contributor[/divider] Ashley Reitz is a 23-year-old Colorado native. She is currently a graduate student at the University of Colorado in Denver, studying communications with an emphasis in entertainment and gender studies.

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Two years and more than 500 images later, the #GirlWithABook movement has gained international attention and momentum. The power and impact of their collected images, of girls and women from all walks of life holding books and signs saying “I stand with Malala.” have been recognized by organizations such as the National Women’s History Museum and the Half the Sky Movement.

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[dropcap size=small]F[/dropcap]or a year, Ulyana Horodyskyj was something of a geological detective. Horodyskyj, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Colorado, Boulder, was embedded in Nepal’s Himalaya mountain range (not literally) to figure out how traveling soot and dust that lands on the region’s glaciers are affecting ice melts. In turn, she got a close-up …

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I hadn’t planned to go solo. A group of friends in Heidelberg had expressed interest in going, but they all declined during the week leading up to Friday, and I found myself facing the choice of going alone or not going at all.

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[dropcap size=small]D[/dropcap]espite my exhaustion, I couldn’t close my eyes and go to sleep. Above me were millions of stars in the inky-black sky, and below me was the Mediterranean Sea, gently rocking me to sleep on the front deck of the gulet, a two-masted traditional wooden sailing vessel. We were in Turkey to walk the …

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